What if your most daunting aspiration was to make a friend?

For many on the autism spectrum, reading facial expressions and knowing how to respond are confusing daily challenges that create barriers to relationships and career goals.

Cognitive neuroscientists, clinicians and game developers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas have created a virtual reality platform to help individuals on the autism spectrum and those with social cognition differences achieve social and economic independence. Currently part of a research collaboration between the Center for BrainHealth and Yale University, the scientifically validated brain enhancing therapy is a fun, high-tech game with state-of-the-art graphics, real-time face tracking and personalized avatars that may also have implications for combatting bullying in schools.

Center for BrainHealth Founder and Chief Director, Dr. Sandra Chapman, and Brain Performance Institute Creative Director, Carl Lutz, shared virtual reality’s potential to build healthier social brains at SXSW Interactive Tuesday, March 17 at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

The Center for BrainHealth and Brain Performance Institute also had a booth at SXSW’s Health & MedTech Expo at the JW Marriott March 16th and 17th sharing the latest Center for BrainHealth research discoveries and Brain Performance Institute programs.

Watch the presentation here:

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